State of the News Media 2010 (Part II)
Yesterday we looked at three conclusions made by the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2010 report published by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Today we look at three remaining conclusions concerning money, technology and transparency in the news media.
Any Joe or Josephine with a pen and paper can walk into town and make a name for themselves as a journalist, but it’s more difficult than ever to upload ink and notebook fibers. Tomorrow’s edition will be written on an iPad, if it’s written at all. Digital video technologies and social networking platforms have allowed news production companies to emphasize breaking news more than deliberate, feature based stories. As a result, getting the story out immediately has become a bigger priority while a thoroughly explaining the context of the story has become a smaller one. Ironically, the amount of news sharing across Internet platforms has increased while the amount of news gathering at the level of the reporter has decreased. Last Monday afternoon, Twitter users were Tweeting a link to a New York Times article once every four seconds. In a day when hits on the website translates into dollars, getting the story out immediately has become a bigger priority while thoroughly explaining the context of the story, which requires more resources, has become a smaller one. Take for example The Huffington Post’s new Twitter Edition which aggregates Tweets.
Different private organizations are stepping in to fill the revenue vacuum in the journalism industry. Some are collaborating in the public interest such as ProPublica, a non-profit investigative reporting organization that was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism for reporting it did in collaboration with the New York Times. Other organizations are less transparent such as the increasing number of think tanks who supply news producers with information consistent with the policy agendas.
Finally, while new media is on the rise, old news producers still bake the best bread, so to speak, and new media still enjoys breaking it with their readers. For this reason, what people learn through new media sources suffers greatly because of funding difficulties that old news producers are facing.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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